The best Warzone 2 Akimbo pistol loadout in Modern Warfare 2

Warzone 2 best Akimbo pistol loadout
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The best Warzone 2 Akimbo pistols loadouts can be dangerous in the right hands. Damage may have been nerfed since the brief spell where this setup was absolutely broken but the high fire rate and damage of dual wielded good pistols can still function as a primary weapon.   

If you're going this route then P890s are the best in our opinion, with the X12/13 a close second - the choice there depends on whether you prefer full or semi auto. We'd recommend the X12, with it's slower, easier to control and heavier hitting single shots. You can still pull the trigger pretty fast so don't think you need fully automatic fire. The Basilisk is interesting option but the power you get there is hard to control and isn't for everyone. 

So, we're going to focus on dual P890s here, as they're by far the best pistol and used akimbo can shred enemies in the ranges SMGs usually excel at. But what sort of build should you be going for to maximise their effectiveness? Here’s what you need to know about the best Akimbo pistols loadout in Warzone 2, dual P890s.

If, for you just want to run it solo, then we also have the best Warzone 2 P890 loadout in Modern Warfare 2 for a non-Akimbo set up .

How to unlock the Akimbo P890

The P890 is available right from the start but you'll need to hit level 26 with this gun to unlock the Akimbo Rear Grip. The best ways to quick level weapons is to play the Shoot House playlist in Modern Warfare 2, or by completing lots of objective based modes and things like Safecracker contracts in Warzone 2. Whatever you do have this P890 equipped to earn the XP you need.

The best Akimbo pistol loadout in Warzone 2

Warzone 2 best Akimbo pistol loadout

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The best Akimbo pistol loadout in Warzone 2 uses the P890 and these attachments: 

  • Muzzle: FT Steel Fire
  • Trigger Action: Bruen Express
  • Ammunition: 45 Auto Armor Piercing
  • Laser: 1MW Pistol Laser
  • Rear Grip: Akimbo

What makes the best Warzone 2 Akimbo pistol loadouts work is the ability to spam both triggers as fast as you can. In terms of damage output this this can easily compete with most SMGs in close quarters. You're not going to hit any mid to long-range kills here this but I'm assuming you know that already.

Start with the FT Steel Fire Muzzle, which grants sound suppression, faster bullet velocity, more damage range, and improved recoil. You should also tune this attachment to prioritize recoil smoothness and aiming idle stability. Next, equip the Bruen Express Trigger Action for a faster fire rate. For this, make sure you tune for better recoil smoothness, and faster sprint-to-fire speed.

Once you’ve max-leveled the P890, you can tune the 45 Auto Armor Piercing Ammunition type, to boost its damage range and recoil steadiness. It'll improve bullet penetration and makes the attachment far more useful than it seems, giving it more accuracy and extra range.

After that grab the 1MW Pistol Laser to improve your hip fire recoil control, hip fire accuracy, and sprint-to-fire speed. Finally, finish the build with the Akimbo Rear Grip. Remember, this is a hip-fire-only loadout, meaning, you’ll need to get close to take down your foes. Thankfully, this weapon shreds through enemies up close, so you’ll do well as long as you’re within 10 meters or so.

It might also seem odd to run this weapon without an extended mag, as it only comes with eight rounds (each) by default. But given just how fast the time to kill (TTK) is, you really don’t need more ammo. However, if you want the option then swap the Ammunition for an extended Magazine.

Best Warzone 2 Akimbo pistols class build in Modern Warfare 2

Warzone 2 best Akimbo pistol loadout

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  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade 
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Base Perk 1: Double Time
  • Base Perk 2: Tracker
  • Bonus Perk: Spotter
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

Normally, we’d recommend bringing a Munitions Box with you, but since the Akimbo P890s don’t require much ammo to take down enemies, you’re better off using Dead Silence so you can get in close. It’s also recommended to utilize Stuns to close the gap between you and your opponents, or to give you the upper hand before rushing into a room. Semtex Grenades also work well against vehicles, or to damage your foes before closing in for the elimination.

As for perks, you still can’t select individual options within Warzone 2, so for now, we recommend the Specter Package. This comes with Double Time, which boosts the length of your tac sprint, allowing you to catch up to enemies faster. It also includes Tracker, giving you a temporary view of your opponent’s footprints.

In Warzone 2, many players like running with Claymores and Proximity Mines, so the Spotter perk comes in handy, allowing you to see enemy equipment through walls. Finally, Ghost is always a great option, especially since players like to stack up on UAVs. Remember, this makes you undetectable by enemy UAVs, Portable Radars, and Heartbeat Sensors.

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